Three Reasons Spay & Neuter Prices Vary So Much

Kittens who need to be spayed can get cat insurance.
Two of the most common routine procedures performed on pets are spaying and neutering. The benefits of spaying of a female dog, called routine ovariohysterectomy, and neutering a male dog, castration, include population control, fewer incidents of certain types of cancers and fewer hormonally-driven behaviors.

Because spaying and neutering are such popular procedures, it tends to be one of the most shopped-for veterinary surgeries. Routine pet insurance can help cover the cost, but we often have people call and ask about our prices anyway. The fact that there are such varying prices between vet hospitals and clinics can be confusing. Why would Clinic A cost so much more than Clinic B? Here are some things to recognize when deciding where to take your new best friend for his or her first surgical procedure.

1. Basic Requirements for All Surgeries
Some things must be absolutely standard in every spay and neuter, regardless of the cost. It is unacceptable if the price is lower because one of these standards of care is omitted.

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I Wish I Had Pet Insurance When…We Faced Canine Cancer

Pet insurance is key if fighting canine cancer in dogs.
Guido was a little black pound hound when we got him. He was about 3 months old and had picked up some outstandingly bad habits by the time we brought him home. After he ruined our carpet, and I personally installed hardwood floors in our house, I found the value of a good dog trainer.

Guido was fast and sleek and about 50 pounds. He was a really pretty dog. And then he wasn’t. When he was 4, he started losing the fur on his face and he took on a patchy, bedraggled look. No one said, “Oh, what a pretty dog,” to us anymore, although watching them process his ugly mug and try to find something nice to say was perversely entertaining.

But he was Guido and we didn’t mind, and I didn’t mind the several hundred dollars we spent trying to figure out his underlying pet health issue. We were never able to figure it out, but it didn’t seem affect his health and energy level, and soon we were back on our typical twice-a-year visits to the vet. This little incident wasn’t enough to open my eyes to the potential costs of responsible pet ownership.

Part of Our Family
Guido was a key family member for a couple of reasons. One, I traveled a lot, and I was comforted knowing that my family was protected while I was away. He never would have let anyone break in while he was on watch.

Also, and most importantly, he played a huge role in my daughter’s transformation from coach potato to athlete. I couldn’t suggest activity without her questioning my motives – deep down, she knew she was overweight, but it wasn’t openly discussed. However, I could talk about our responsibility to Guido and his need for exercise. By the time Guido was 2, we were extremely faithful dog walkers. Routinely walking Guido created a cycle of lost weight, and an increased interest in activity that has continued into young adulthood for my daughter. When I say that Guido is responsible for changing my daughter’s life, I’m not exaggerating.

A Health Scare
When Guido was 8, we noticed some lethargy and had him into our vet a couple of times. Our vet gave him a clean bill of health, and he got his energy back so we thought we were in the clear. A couple of weeks later, I came home from work one evening and Read More…

When to Try Acupuncture

Pets can benefit from acupuncture regardless of whether they have pet insurance.
Holistic medicine – treating the whole body instead of just the injured or diseased portion – has been around for centuries. Whether or not it works continues to be a hotly debated topic in both human and veterinary medicine. Most veterinary clinicians agree, however, that holistic medicine can be helpful when paired with Western medicine in the treatment of inflammatory, neurological and painful conditions.

Acupuncture is one of the most well-known holistic treatments, even for cats and dogs, and some Pets Best Insurance plans include limited coverage for acupuncture treatment. Here’s what you need to know about acupuncture and whether it’s right for your pet.

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New Cancer Plan Under $10 Per Month

A Golden Retriever is happy to have cancer coverage in his pet insurance.

Dr. Jack Stephens is a veterinarian and president of Pets Best Insurance, a provider of pet insurance for dogs and cats

Pet cancer is the most expensive medical condition in pets. Just as with humans, cancer develops in many pets and is very costly to diagnose and treat. And while it can strike at any age, cancer is much more likely to develop in older pets.

Thirty years ago, it wasn’t common to treat cancer in pets. But little by little, pet owners began to choose treatment and see that their pets’ quality of life could be restored. Today, more pet owners choose to treat their pets when cancer strikes. Diagnosing and treating cancer is costly, but in many cases, treatment can cure cancer and certainly extend a pet’s life.

About Our New Cancer Plan
Accident and illness insurance plans offered by Pets Best insurance have always covered cancer. So why did we start offering a Cancer Only policy that covers any malignant cancer in pets?
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I Wish I Had Pet Insurance When…My Cat Got Stuck in the Garage Door

Pet insurance cat Thompson still loves hanging out in the garage.

About two years ago, our cat Thompson got into some trouble while we were at work. Like many cats, he loves hanging out in the garage, and sometimes he’d fall asleep on top of the door when it was open. One morning without us knowing, he got trapped between the garage door and frame.

When my husband got home, he noticed Thompson was stuck and quickly removed him from the door, but soon discovered he was paralyzed in his back legs. Because we didn’t have pet insurance and Thompson didn’t seem to be in pain, we didn’t rush him to the vet. Instead, we waited to see if he would recover on his own. Over the next few hours, we watched helplessly as our poor cat dragged his hind legs behind him.

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